Feb 10, 2013 - By Randy Tucker, Sports WriterPAVILLION -- It was a huge weekend sweep for the Wind River girls as the Cougars moved into sole possession of first place in the Class 2-A Southwest with a single game remaining on the regular season schedule.
Wind River trailed early but won a hard-fought game over Kemmerer 54-49 to avenge their only conference loss suffered earlier in the season in Lincoln County. Saturday the Cougars had no trouble dispatching the Big Piney Punchers.
It wasn't easy in the opening period, as the visiting Rangers built a 5-0 lead on a 3-pointer from Tia Tiller three minutes into the game. Wind River didn't score until the 3:49 mark of the first on a pair of Amanda C'Bearing free throws.
The opening salvo for the Cougars would be a familiar one on the night. C'Bearing led all scorers with 16 points but hit just a single basket in the game. She was fouled repeatedly driving the ball to the basket and went to the line 20 times during the game, hitting 14 attempts.
Wind River trailed by 10 in the second period and that deficit grew to a dozen by the third.
With a first-place seed on the line Wind River head coach Justin Walker called time out.
"I asked the girls to just do what we had worked on in practice," Walker said.
"This game is entirely in your hands."
The pep talk paid dividends as the Cougars rolled on a 12-0 run to tie the game.
In the final period C'Bearing was seven of nine from the stripe. Lexi Brown had a dozen for Wind River but fouled out with 4:30 left in the game.
Junior Macayla Arrington stepped up in the final minutes, snagging five rebounds and playing stellar post defense to thwart any Kemmerer comeback.
With a single game remaining against Wyoming Indian at home next Friday the Cougars are in complete control of their own destiny.
Even a loss to Wyoming Indian would lock the Cougars in a two-way tie with Kemmerer, and because the Rangers' other loss came to last-place Big Piney, the Cougars would get the nod for first place courtesy of wins against common opponents.
A first-place seed avoids meeting the talented Lovell Bulldogs until the regional finals if both conference champions were to advance through the tournament bracket.
WRHS 8 12 15 19 -- 54
KMHSR00; 10 15 10 14 - 49
Wind River - Josee Vogel 1 3-4 5, Shaylee Lonedog 2 0-2 4, Brett Groesbeck 1 0-0 2, Amanda C'Bearing 1 14-20 16, Alexa Wagon 2 00 4, Lydia Johnson (1) 0-0 3, Lexi Brown 6 0-1 12, Macayla Arrington 2 2-3 6. Totals 16 (1) 19-30 54.
Kemmerer - M. Mclaren 2 (1) 1-3 8, K. Gilbert 1 0-0 2, A. Julian 4-8 4, M. McLaren 1 (2) 1-2 9, M. Vickerty 4 1-5 9, A. Riaten 2 0-0 4, Tia Tiller 2 (2) 3-4 12. Totals 12 (5) 10-22 49
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